Friday Lightning Round: Christie 'unhinged'

Panel sums up this week's hot topics


This is a rush transcript from "Special Report," October 31, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Looks like you are going to have to defend this in court.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R - NJ: Whatever. Get in line. I've been sue lots of times before. Get in line. I'm happy to take it on.

Somebody like you that doesn't know a damn thing about what you are talking about except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here. I have been here when the cameras aren't here, buddy. All you have been doing is flapping your mouth and not doing anything. So listen, you want to have the conversation later I'm happy to have it, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up.

That's what the people of New Jersey -- I think a lot of people in this country have come to expect from me. I don't look forward to doing that stuff, but I won't shrink away from it either. So it's just another day at the ranch, the ranch of Christie. And so we just keep doing our jobs.


BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: Another day at Rancho Christie. We're back with the panel, Friday Lightning Round. OK, Christie unhinged or unplugged, whatever you want to say. George?

WILL: The question is, is he a wine that won't travel? Is he a northwestern street guy or is he presidential? I think people like authenticity until they decide they don't like what you authentically are.  And I think they see that behavior and they say that's entertaining and that's fun, but do we want it in Lincoln's chair and do we want to give nuclear weapons to a man with such a short fuse?

CHARLES LANE, OPINION WRITER, WASHINGTON POST: Well, he has got a problem, which is New Jersey is ungovernable.  He's the governor of a state where you can't make progress. He tried with the pensions, teacher tenure, and so forth. A lot of that has started to come unstuck in his second term. And as a result I think he is getting a little frustrated. He had, of course, this problem with the bridge. And I have said all along, unless he can rack up a serious accomplishment in this second term that goes beyond just sort of shouting down a heckler, he is going to be in a little bit of trouble.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Untamed. The one rule is never say "shut up," ever.

BAIER: OK. Next up, private spacecraft, Virgin Atlantic, crashing, one killed today, another wounded -- another injured, rather. And this comes after, of course, that spectacular explosion earlier this week. No one hurt in that. Charles?

This administration has dismantled the NASA program. We used to lead the world in transport. And the great hope was that the private industry would take it over. Here is the catastrophe in the unmanned, today a catastrophe in the manned. This is way in the future. As a result we have dismantled our capacity to actually make this stuff, and we now have to outsource and pay the Russians $70 million a pop just to get one astronaut into space. And this was an example of an industry that was high tech, highly advanced, and infrastructure, and it is now in shambles without a replacement.

BAIER: Winners and losers, quickly?

LANE: My winner this week is the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, who with great dignity announced that he was proud to be gay and he is one of the -- I think the highest ranking official of such a large company ever to make such an announcement. My loser is Anthony Brown who is Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and trying to be governor running in one of the bluest state in America finds himself today in a toss-up race against Republican Larry Hogan according to the Cook Political Report.

GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Winner Bud Selig, one of the three most important people with Ruth and Jackie Robinson in the history of baseball who presiding over his last game had a beauty seventh game of the World Series featuring a small market team, attribute to the competitive balance that he has engineered.  The losers are all the people who are trying to kill the joy of Halloween, particularly the one school that says it's zero tolerance of guns includes light sabers and plastic swords.

KRAUTHAMMER: The winner, Madison Bumgarner who a month ago was a pitcher with an odd compound last name, now is an icon in World Series history, the best performance in 100 years. The loser, the aforementioned Ebola czar Ron Klain. Does anyone know where the man is?

BAIER: That is it for the panel. We made it around on Halloween night. Stay tuned, though, for a tip in Halloween safety.

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